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MSRED Program Visits Washington, DC and Philadelphia

August 11, 2014

This past week, 13 students in Tulane’s MSRED program visited Washington, DC and Philadelphia as part of the annual Field Study course that marks the end of the summer session. Our class visited a number of diverse projects and organizations, and hosted two public receptions: one with Georgetown University’s master’s program in Regional and Urban Planning, and another with the Design Advocacy Group (DAG) in Philadelphia.

Major topics of discussion on this trip focused on large-scale waterfront redevelopment, transit-oriented development, maintaining affordable housing options for existing residents, commercial green leasing, energy benchmarking, and other sustainable practices that add long term value to properties and to communities.

These experiences and contacts will continue to inform our students’ research and discussions over the course of the next two semesters. The MSRED program is a yearlong graduate degree that starts in the summer and ends in the Spring concurrent with courses in the Architecture and Master of Preservation Studies programs.

Thank you to our hosts below:

Washington, DC

American Architectural Foundation (AAF)

Capital One Bank

General Services Administration (GSA)

DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

DC Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

DC Office of Planning

District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA)

Enterprise Community Partners


Georgetown Business Improvement District

Georgetown University School of Professional Studies

Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)

JBG Companies


U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


Community Design Collaborative

Design Advocacy Group (DAG)

Kieran Timberlake

Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Navy Yard

Pennrose Development

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

The Reinvestment Fund (TRF)

University of Pennsylvania, Facilities and Real Estate Services

Village of Arts and Humanities